Midwinter is Coming
Riding elephants, petting tigers, and joining the country’s biggest reality show, 2015 was definitely good to Margo Midwinter. But as great as her breakout year was, the future seems even brighter for this month’s Woman We Love.
Margo Midwinter sounds like a character from Game
of Thrones, a fantastical warrior princess who slays demons and commands dragons. It’s the kind of name that fits in with wicked queens, valiant knights, and enchanted kingdoms. That’s not to say though that Margo Midwinter in real life isn’t all that interesting, because if you had the year the she did, you’d see that it was better than anything Westeros could ever offer.
ESQUIRE: It seems like this was your breakout year.
MARGO MIDWINTER: Definitely. This year I got to travel a lot, do a lot of things on my bucket list like scuba diving, cliff jumping, riding elephants, and touching tigers. Aside from traveling and modeling, I got to be a housemate in Pinoy
ESQ: That’s quite a list. So would you say you’re adventurous?
MM: Normally no when it comes to being adventurous, but this year I kind of pushed myself to try new things because [ my job] modeling is usually about looking and waiting for the next project or next job. I realized that this life is all we have so I wanted to really experience it and try everything I could. So I went to Cambodia, Thailand, and basically I just wanted to travel and be like a backpacker but not quite. Because you know backpackers seem to have a lot of adventures but I think living with just a backpack is quite sad because you don’t have enough clothes.
ESQ: From everything you did this year, what terrified you the most?
MM: The scariest thing I did was ziplining and I did it here in the Philippines in Osamis where they had the highest zipline. To get there, we had to ride a buggy car up the mountain and then it broke down halfway. So we had to wait for the horse to trot us all the way up. When you go down, it’s
okay since it’s fast, but then they have to bring you back up the same way. So the winds were blowing and you kind of swing a little, and they make you stop at the middle, really high above. I kept looking down and thinking, “Well if I fall and land there maybe I’d survive.”
ESQ: Which was crazier though, that or joining Pinoy Big Brother?
MM: PBB, definitely. You think it’s just going to be a vacation. But actually ma
hirap talaga because you’re thrown in into an environment where it’s going to be fun, with different people, but eventually, being there every day, when you’re in that close proximity and you’re being watched, it’s bound to take it’s toll on you. And you really have no communication with the outside world. You kind of start to overthink your life and start to have really deep thoughts about how you’re being portrayed. It’s really exciting though and, in the whole process, you’ll feel really blessed that you’re there, that you were chosen to be part of it after over 30,000 people auditioned for it.
ESQ: What did you learn about yourself or about the whole thing?
MM: The house kind of brings out an extreme version of yourself. [Of course] it’s a TV show so you have to tell yourself to be entertaining in all aspects. It brings out things about you that you never re- ally realized.
The house also brought out this positive side of me that really wasn’t there before. I decided that I was going to make the most of my time at the house
ESQ: What was the first thing you did after getting out?
MM: The first thing I did was go to the spa and get a massage and sleep because we’re actually a little sleep deprived inside the house. Sometimes we’d try and test like how much sleep we actually got because there really was no sense of time inside. So we’d try and test it by leaving the treadmill on to measure it and it was something like five to six hours.
ESQ: You grew up in the U.K. What’s it like there? MM: Sa U.K., hindi mahirap mag- drive diyan. The weather though is [very gloomy], very Twilight. So if you like Twilight you’ll like it there (laughs).
ESQ: So what made you decide to move here?
MM: When I came here, it was sort of like an adventure. After college abroad, I wanted to live outside of the system, and seeing as there was an opportunity here for me to model, [I went for it] and now there are no regrets.
ESQ: First thing that stuck out for you when you got here?
MM: Traffic that is for sure, that’s like number one.
ESQ: What’s the longest you’ve been on the road?
MM: I think I’ve experienced three hours of Manila traffic. And I kind of kept my sanity by rolling down my window and asking a boy to buy me a Coca- Cola and some
ESQ: Really? MM: Yes! At first I thought I could just get out of the car and do it myself but I was a bit worried to get out of my car in the middle of Malate. I didn’t even know where the nearest sari-sari store or 7-11 was. So, this little boy, he was a street kid I think, he did it and I gave him some pesos and I said to him, “Do you want to sit inside first and have a little chat?” So we were drinking our Coca- Cola and ate our
chichirya. He was about six or seven and we got to talk a little but I did tell him, “You know you’re not supposed to go inside strangers’ cars.”
ESQ: You had quite an eventful 2015. What’s your biggest lesson from this year?
MM: I never really realized how much of a positive person I was before I joined PBB so that’s something I wanted and decided to keep moving forward. I also got a lot more followers online thanks to the show.
ESQ: Hopefully you get a couple more after this.